If you are using a Windows 11 device and have noticed that the sleep icon is missing from the shutdown menu and a few other places. This article will show you several different options you can use to solve the problem. However, if it isn’t a major issue for you, you can just wait for Microsoft to release a patch that fixes the problem.
There are a lot of random bugs and issues on Windows 11 that have been carried over from Windows 10 plus a few new ones that have surprised even us. One of the most random of these errors is the missing sleep option in the Start menu. This prevents users from putting their computer to sleep using the start menu. Forcing them to use other options, though this too sometimes fails.
Thankfully there are a couple of ways you can attempt to restore the Sleep option to the Start menu on Windows 11 though there is a chance that these may fail. If they do you’ll have to wait for Microsoft to patch the issue in a future update. Alternatively, you can also roll back to an older version of Windows 11 (we cover that below) So follow along as we guide you through all the possible ways to restore the Sleep option to the Start menu on Windows 11.
Note: Before you start the steps shown below, make sure you have checked to see if there are any Windows 11 updates. To force check for any update go Settings > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If any updates are available Windows will download and install them for you.
How do you fix the missing Sleep option on Windows 11? Can’t put Windows 11 computer to sleep, no sleep option.
The first thing you can check is the Control Panel Power Plans.
- First, open the Control Panel then navigate to the following location
- Next click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- Finally, make sure the Sleep - Show in Power menu option is ticked.
Restore Power Plan settings on Windows 11.
If the first option didn’t work for you, you can reset your Power Plan settings.
- Open Command Prompt as Administrator, then copy and paste the following command into the command window and press Enter.
After the command runs, restart your computer and you should see the Sleep option back where it’s supposed to be.
Run Power Troubleshooter to Restore the Sleep option to the Start menu on Windows 11.
- Open Settings, then go to System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.
- Now click Run next to Power.
- Finally, just wait for the tool to finish, restart your computer and everything should be working.
How to uninstall a bad Windows 11 update that may have caused the Sleep bug.
If you recently had a Windows 11 update and suspect it may be the cause of this error you can uninstall that update and try to install the latest update instead. This is quite a common fix for a lot of Windows 11 problems.
What if nothing so far has worked?
If nothing so far has worked, you can either clean install Windows 11 or just wait for Microsoft to release a patch that fixes the problem.